H. Pylori is a bacteria that lives in your gut and can cause a lot of autoimmune diseases in your body, as well as a number of GI issues when it makes its way into your stomach.
Symptoms of an infection caused by H. Pylori can include:
Increased gum bleeding
Feeling as if you have a full stomach
Bad taste in your mouth
H. Pylori can be tested really easily through a stool sample. But what can cause H. Pylori infections?
Causes of H. Pylori Infections
There are a number of potential causes of an H. Pylori infection. They can include:
Biofilm growth of H. Pylori
Food sensitivity (including gluten, dairy, and eggs)
Low vitamin D
Overactive, or high levels of A1c proteins
High insulin or glucose levels
Underlying autoimmune disease
Poor GI system
Around 30-40% of all people living in the United States will have an infection of H. Pylori at some point in their life. Most of these people are infected as children.
Testing for H. Pylori
A stool sample is required to test for H. Pylori, which is usually done by receiving a kit in which you deposit your feces and mail it back.
The more extensive tests should cost around $98, and will identify multiple strains of H. Pylori. Less extensive tests will cost around $54. The process is much the same for both.
These tests can help identify what strains of H. Pylori are infecting you, and in what amounts. This in turn helps guide the treatment plan you and your doctor will create.
How Does H. Pylori Cause Problems?
Your stomach has a lining that protects the organ’s cells. H. Pylori bacteria burrow into this protective lining and inhibits the production of stomach acid. It accomplishes this by creating urease, which turns into ammonia and neutralizes stomach acid.
This neutralized stomach acid causes poor digestion, which in turn allows H. Pylori to flourish.
Stomach acid has a very low pH, around 1 or so. This low pH is required for your stomach acid to break down your food. If you don’t have enough acid, or if it is too high of a pH, it will not adequately break down your food.
If your food is left in the stomach without breaking down, it will begin to rot in your stomach. This can lead to leaky gut, leaky brain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, chronic inflammation, and many other problems.
H. Pylori and Autoimmune Disease
The research is showing that having an H. Pylori infection is directly connected to a number of autoimmune diseases.
The autoimmune diseases most connected to H. Pylori include:
Type 1 diabetes
Ulcerative colitis (Crohn’s disease)
H. Pylori affects all of these systems by inhibiting your stomach cells that secrete stomach acid. This throws off your digestive system, which in turn throws off a wide range of other organ systems in your body.
What Can You Do?
Thankfully there are a number of over-the-counter solutions you can use to fight off an H. Pylori infection.
Super Smart’s H. Pylori Fight is a gut health dietary supplement available on Amazon and has overwhelmingly positive reviews. It contains specific probiotic strains that have been studied and clinically proven to fight H. Pylori.
Another supplement I recommend is called Bio-HPF. It similarly uses strains of probiotics that are clinically proven to fight H. Pylori infections.
You might also take supplements that add more hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) into your system. This helps improve the digestion of foods, instead of letting them sit and rot in your gut. I have published other articles on my website that discuss how to determine if you have stomach acid issues.
But at the end of the day, it is most important to take a polytherapy approach to fight off your infections. While these supplements may help your body fight off an infection, treating your body’s underlying conditions may also help it fight the infections off on its own, or prevent future infections.
For example, if you have a low white blood cell count, then your body can’t be expected to fight the infection off on its own. However, by treating this condition, you may find that your body more easily recovers.
Treating these underlying conditions is most important because it will help your overall health. When we look at the big picture, the goal should not be treating one condition at a time but restoring and maintaining your body’s God-given ability to heal itself.